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Social-Emotional Learning

Cultivating Focus, Resilience and Compassion at Lausanne

At Lausanne, we believe the best educational environment makes learning challenging, engaging and meaningful for students. Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) builds a student's ability to understand and manage their emotions. It allows students to feel and show empathy for others, and establish and maintain supportive relationships. Students learn to make responsible decisions and set and achieve positive goals.

There are five main areas we focus on through SEL as identified by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, they are:

  • Self-Awareness - Understanding our strengths and limitations helps us develop a well-grounded sense of confidence and optimism. If a student develops the ability to understand their emotions, they can begin to see how emotions impact their thoughts and their influence on behavior. 
  • Self-Management - It's important for students to learn how to regulate their emotions, thoughts and behaviors in different situations. Students at Lausanne learn to manage stress, controlling impulses, including setting and working toward achieving personal and academic goals.
  • Social Awareness - With students from over 55 different countries, Lausanne is the perfect place for students to develop the ability to understand and empathize with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures. This helps build empathy and understanding with others.
  • Relationship Skills - Learning how to positive social relationships and work with others is essential to developing into a healthy adult. At Lausanne, we help build these skills by helping students practice communicating clearly and listening actively. They learn to cooperate, resist inappropriate social pressure, negotiating conflict constructively, and seeking and offering help when needed.
  • Responsible Decision-Making - Helping students develop the ability to make positive choices at school builds their ability to make responsible decisions on their own. To do this, they need to have realistic evaluations of the consequences of their actions, and be cognizant of the well-being of self and others as they make decisions.